The National Food Authority in Negros Oriental has assured that there is enough buffer stock of government rice to last through December this year.
NFA-Negros Oriental manager Hilaria Ganzon gave the assurance as the grains agency started Wednesday its “Bigasan sa NFA Compound” in Dumaguete City, to make government rice, which is more affordable than commercial rice, easily available to the public.
She said there is no shortage of rice in the province and, in fact, unloading of imported rice is ongoing in nearby Cebu, following the arrival of two vessels.
From June to December, we are calendared to receive 250,000 bags,” Ganzon said.
To date, the NFA has received 81,000 bags of imported rice, she said, and the balance will be delivered to Negros Oriental in the coming months until December.
Meanwhile, the available rice on hand, as of latest inventory, is 12,000 bags, Ganzon said.
She said that a shipment of 33,000 bags of rice is expected any time next week.
Hopefully, there will be good weather so the rice shipment intended for Negros Oriental will be delivered from Cebu as scheduled, Ganzon said.*JFP/PNA
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